Aikido: The Art of Peace

Aikido is a martial art art based on personal development and empowerment. Aikido offers self-defense and fitness while calming the mind. At Greenwood Aikido we provide a safe, friendly and supportive place to pursue an art that is beautiful, practical and meaningful.

Aikido takes techniques that were once meant to injure and transforms them into ways of controlling conflict without causing harm. It’s a non-competitive way to explore and develop yourself, to train your mind and nurture your health. You can experience and learn from the deep physical wisdom that comes from within you, something that cannot be experienced in any other way.

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Shoji Nishio

“Aikido is a wonderful way to live and a wonderful form of expression. Human beings shouldn’t fight. Instead, they should have affection, help and complement each other. In doing so, a human world is created.”

Shoji Nishio, Shihan

Aikido is everything a martial art should be: engaging physically, mentally, and creatively. Greenwood Sensei teaches in a way that is captivating to those new to the art, and to those who have been walking the path. The Nishio way of Aikido is extremely effective as a martial art and holds true to the philosophies set forth by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Greenwood Sensei’s communication of this method is top notch, to say the least.

Gary Lehman

US Marine Corps

Each week for the past 4 years I drive 1 1/2 hours each way to train with Greenwood Sensei and it’s well worth it. The dojo is a safe haven where I learn to turn the ideas of peaceful negotiation and acceptance into reality, not only physically, but in my everyday life and work.

Carre St. Andre

US Army, Veteran

Before training with Greenwood Sensei I trained for over 30 years in karate and competed in full contact. At 68 i’m at a point in my life where i realize the foolishness of a lot of that. Especially the damage i did to myself. But I do know what works and what doesn’t. Greenwood Sensei is the real deal. He’s extremely patient. He makes sure that you get it right and that it works. Learning to move naturally without causing stress or damage to my body is something i wish i had learned years ago. The dojo is incredible. It feels like family. And the teaching is second to none.

Dan Cole

Black Belt Karate, Fumio Demura


Philip GreenwoodPhilip Greenwood is an expert in the art of Aikido.  He Is a sixth degree black belt in Aikido and a fifth degree black belt in iaido, the art of Japanese swordsmanship. He teaches Aikido in the style of Shoji Nishio and is President of Nishikaze Aikido Society of America, official organization of Nishio Aikido in the U.S.

In addition to his more than forty years experience in Aikido he has also studied Okinawan Kempo Karate, Judo and Jiu Jitsu. His view is that Aikido should express a compassionate heart while at the same time being an effective method of self protection. Dr. Greenwood is also a practicing Chiropractor for 27 years.

Heather GreenwoodHeather Greenwood is a second degree black belt in Aikido and a second degree black belt in iaido.

She home schools her two daughters. She loves travel and has a great passion for Japan, for Japanese culture, arts and crafts. She brings great skill, passion and a warm and happy spirit to the dojo! Visit her personal blog at

Throughout the years I have studied boxing and many different forms of martial arts. Many teachers that taught these arts had different approaches based on the style. They would show how they could devastate the opponent. Aikido is different. It’s a martial art and a way of life. It lets your opponent understand there is another way to resolve issues without serious injury to anyone. In Aikido the smallest of movements can shift the outcome to your favor. This can be done without any injury. It’s an art that has no end to what you can learn no matter how long you practice. At 68 now I can say that Aikido is something you can do well into your 70’s, 80’s and beyond. It is a philosophy to preserve life above all and true peace.

Michael Leonardi

Vietnam Veteran, US Marine Corps

I’ve been in law enforcement for over 25 years. Dealing with large, difficult suspects is always a challenge. But since training with Greenwood Sensei I’m able to control suspects who are much bigger and stronger than me without causing injury to them or myself.

Tony Pelato

Master Investigator, Riverside County Sheriff

What Is Aikido?

Aikido is pronounced ah-ee • kee • doh with equal emphasis on each syllable.  It is formed from three japanese characters (kanji) 合気道.  (ai) means to fit, merge or join, (ki) means mind, energy, feeling and (dō) refers to a way of life or a philosophical practice. Together these characters can be translated as “The Way of Uniting Forces,” “The Way Of Harmonious Spirit” or simply “The Way Of Harmony.” Greenwood Aikido is affiliated with Nishikaze Aikido Society Of America and Aikikai Foundation Tokyo, Japan.  All student and instructor ranking is accredited through the Aikido world headquarters (Aikikai Foundation), Tokyo.

The traditionally styled Greenwood Aikido Dojo located on our property is surrounded by bamboo and Japanese gardens. The setting inspires a sense of calm and transports you into another world.

Shoji Nishio: Nishikaze Aikido Society of America